Posted by AidanAK47 on 13 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Short Synopsis: A mysterious girl is found and brought on board a vessel called a mud whale which sails on a sea of sand.
AidanAK47’s review
It really is nice to see a fantasy series which doesn’t use the template of Tolkien and instead tries to make a world vastly different from our own. That is the biggest draw of this series so far, the world of this story is very fascinating. For a first episode this is quite good at setting up the culture and livelihood of these people. There are some hiccups however in it’s presentation. One is that the series has the main character narrator constantly to give exposition and allude to future events. While he can have interesting things to say, his narration can be unnecessary at times and this is a world where showing would be better than telling. The second issue is that occasionally the characters have rather “anime” like interactions. What I mean is that there are bits of comedy and dialogue which have the designs go more chibi and exaggerated mannerisms. Considering the serious mature tone of the series it’s odd to have these small moments which just serve to take you out of the show. Another minor thing has to do with the backgrounds and character designs. The backgrounds of this series are magnificent, it appears they got a real anime veteran in to pull out these marvels but sadly they are a bit too good. For the characters have a more simplistic design so it makes them feel very disconnected from these backdrops. Nonetheless this is another strong first episode in a season with great potential so far. So provided that you haven’t met your max setting on your plan to watch list then this most certainly is another to consider adding.
Potential: 70%

Mario’s review
Like one of our commenters pointed out, I get the “From the New World” vibe while watching this show. Their world is a close-knit society filled with rich and fascinating history, carry out many rituals and customs that completely their own. The children in those worlds possess a magic power (whatever terms they use: saimai, cantus – it’s magic). It helps that the main character of this story is an archivist, so the info-dumping about the place doesn’t feel out of place and we will get to know more about its worldbuilding as time goes on. That come to one of my main issue with Children of the Whales right now, we haven’t spent enough time to this world to fully grasp the impact of new change about to come. Without a proper build-up can we, as an audience, care enough about the danger to this society? Another issue that I have is that I notice a tone-changing most of the time the male lead appears. This light-hearted cutesy tone unfortunately doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the episode. Apart from those, we have one of the strongest premiere here. The arts, for example, really stand out with its watercolor aesthetic and detailed backgrounds. The same could be said for the beautiful scores and the attention to details of its world-building. Even the characters have a lot of room for a proper development here. Overall, this show has a potential to become something truly special.
Potential: 80%

Animegataris

Short Synopsis: Two girls decide to revive the anime club at their high school.
Wooper’s Review
High school club series aren’t really my thing, but as far as the genre goes, Animegataris is solid. It feels a little like a kid’s show in its presentation, but there’s an undercurrent of self-awareness running through its simple script. Within the first few minutes, the show mocks ridiculous light novel titles like “A Report on the Irresponsible and Depressing Chronicles of Me and a Certain Eccentric Childhood Friend.” It also comments on popular character archetypes like ojou-sama (“I love the way she’s slightly condescending!”), and uses its soundtrack to create a heightened reality where these tropes slot naturally into a real high school classroom. Unlike a lot of anime where the ~most beautiful girl in school~ is into anime or video games, this one pulls it off by properly balancing her enthusiasm for anime and her shame at having such a nerdy hobby. In the end, the enthusiastic part of her wins out, and so she decides (with a little encouragement) to reform her school’s anime club. Unfortunately, that’s where the show loses me, since it’s going to be a matter of formula from episode 2 onward – recruiting new members, figuring out what to do for the cultural festival, etc. I’d say this episode is worth watching on its own, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that the series will deliver the goods every week.
Potential: 35%

AidanAK47’s review
I can’t say I am fond of these school club animes but this one managed to retain my attention thanks to two things. There does seem to be a degree of self awareness and the characters seem stereotypical but at least have enough personality to show that they didn’t come off a conveyor belt. I can relate to this rich girl otaku’s dilemma of thanking to someone who enjoys anime but doesn’t quite delve into it on the depth you do. I felt like this when I got into a conversation with a newbie anime fan. Much like here it does feel like a disconnection in the conversation and it often end up with you recommending them a bunch a titles. I can’t say it’s funny or all that original but it does at least seem watchable. The second thing though is that there is a odd sense of foreboding here. There are supernatural elements present and there were shots with a man sitting on a bench which didn’t quite tonally match with the rest of the episode. I am not expecting a dark turn but there does seem to be more to this than meets the eye. I plan on giving it a few more episodes to see if it develops into something interesting but even if not this could be a decent anime for watching in between shows.
Potential: 40%

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

Short Synopsis: A group of LN authors get together to drink, flirt, and play games.

Mario’s review
I believe this show is a jab at the “little sister” archetype, and more especially at Tsukasa Fushimi’s works since his career has been milked from writing those crappy novels sibling relationships. But here’s the thing, the show, not unlike its characters, understand next to nothing about writing a female character. Look the way they write those two girls – one is plain, the other one is foul-mouthed who already has a feeling for male lead despite he doesn’t have to lift his finger. The rest of the show runs more like an author get-together with not-so-exciting games and lazy wish-fulfilment (well, a half-brother who not only can cook, but cook very well). So far none of the cast feel like a real person and that main guy in particular is so annoying to watch for his arrogant and his obsession for little sisters – the only 2 traits that he has. A little note for the author, if you have never seen a real girl sniffing at boy’s underwear with your own eyes before, then don’t write this creep down. It rings false, phony and superficial doesn’t matter how I look at it. If you like the works of Eromanga sensei or shows about self-insert successful LN author who know nothing about the real life then this is right up your valley. Sorry if I sound mean but why do these lazy works keep selling like crazy?
Potential: (my head bursts)

Wooper’s Review
The first 90 seconds of this show are a dramatization of the main character’s manuscript, in which his protagonist makes out with his naked little sister, dunks his head in her used bathwater, drinks her breast milk from a cup, and eats an omelet prepared with her “eggs.” The whole segment looked hideous and made me want to die, but then the show pulled back the curtain and revealed… more garbage. Honestly, my opinion of this show couldn’t possibly be lower, even if the entire 23 minutes had been an extended version of its “tricky” opening scene, because what came afterwards was just as stupid and degrading. The main author’s preoccupation with imouto is aimed squarely at the incest division of Japan’s otaku population, who are incapable of realizing this show exists solely to steal their Blu-ray bucks. The MC’s “step-brother” is fooling absolutely nobody (apart from the show’s sub-70 IQ cast). The main female character might as well be replaced with a block of text that reads, “Girls will like you if you keep watching this show.” Dick jokes, leering shower scenes, underwear sniffing – this series has every bottom-of-the-barrel cliche in the incest anime playbook. But hey, maybe that’s your thing. Maybe you just want a show where you can “turn ur brian of” and watch a handful of underage girls fall in love with a non-threatening protagonist. Maybe this premiere was actually a work of art, and I’m just a dumb normie who can’t understand its brilliance. That’s gotta be it, right? Imouto sae Ireba Ii is a masterpiece, and those pesky normies are out to ruin your anime experience! It’s all the normies’ fault!!! HAHAHAHAHA
Potential: Fuck this show

AidanAK47’s review
Everyday we stray further from God’s light.
Alright to be fair it’s the opening two minutes which were painful to watch. Even though I get the intent for it to be a jab at imouto stories, it’s really wasn’t something I needed to see. Plus it’s hard to mock light novel conventions when you rely on those exact same conventions. The rest is just bad jokes with characters who are one dimensional stereotypes. There is at least one moment at the end which looked to be aiming for a deeper plotline in that the main protagonists fan is a far better writer than he ever was and that could have worked had it not been for the character in question. This is the guy who sabotages his own work just to fulfill his own fetish and self insert fantasy so I can’t say I feel for the guy when he gets sad that someone is a better writer than he is.
Potential: (Incoherent screaming)

7 Responses

  1. KTravlos says:

    I am going to thank you guys for previewing these shows. Especially puke inducing crap like Imouto whatever the frack. So I will not have to drill my eyes out. What the devil did you guys just watch? Just the description by Wooper made me want to puke. What is wrong with the people who make this!

    • meow says:

      Did you actually watch this, by the way? You should sit down and watch it and give a review. Love to hear what you have to say.

      As for me, as already noted, the first one and a half minutes of the lead’s delusions is intentionally over-the-top creepy. That said, the visuals alone aren’t anything beyond something out of Aho Girl. Washing your face in someone’s leftover bathwater is creepy in itself but be aware than in Japan, a lot of families use the same tub of water to bathe one after the other to save on water. Also, onsen water, public bath water, etc. Although they do shower before sharing these and there’s often separate areas for different genders.
      Breakfast was, of course creepy, assuming you believe girls pump milk out on demand and lay eggs. You probably believe tentacle rape is real too. >.>; It’s not. Right? Unfortunately, lingerie fetishists are real. :( Although, going so far as to eat one…wait, edible panties are real, aren’t they?!?!

      The editor’s reaction pretty much mirrors the above three reviewers. I’m a bit curious as to what Wooper sees in his brother. I mean, yes, he’s cute but I’m not sure if he’s up to Astolfo-level yet. Wooper, did you read ahead? Does he turn out to actually be a girl (seriously doubt they’d go there) or a closet otokonoko? I like how he noticed the discarded manuscript in the trash when the lead reported that his meeting with the editor went well.

      The white haired girl seems to be another perv with a crazy crush on the lead with pretty provocative lines. Interestingly, in spite of playing the role of the perverted little sister character to the hilt, (except she didn’t call him “oniichan”), the lead’s not biting at all, even when they’re alone and he has every cliched opportunity to get her drunk.

      I liked the logic game a lot. It seems very legit. A real way to test one’s creativity and language mastery. And I learned a new definition of the japanese term for “deadline”.

      Then the flashback scene, which kinda clarifies the relationship between the lead and the white haired girl. One sees the other as a massively talented rival, the other an author who inspired her out of a terrible time in her life, although without more development, I suppose it is a little too weak to explain her current behavior.

      I like SYD style comedies btw and the production values here work for me. It’s a lot better than that other one this season. At least so far. So based on this debut episode alone, I think you guys might be overreacting just a bit. Like you got poked in a really sensitive spot. Or know something I don’t.

      That said, aside from the reviewers’ amusing reactions, I think this show is another slice of life based on novelists. It might get tiresome if they can’t keep up with creative new situations and jokes and rely too much on the lead’s pervy hook. I do wonder though about whether a major plot point here is to get this guy to grow out of his weird misconception about sisters. I do like the editor’s line, where he notes that the lead would have come out a lot more normal if he actually had a sister, but then again, he would never have become a novelist. Hm.

      • SuperWooper says:

        I don’t know anything about the Imouto source material, but I promise you the step-brother is actually a girl. The editor’s incorrect assumption of her gender outside their apartment was Misdirection 101.

      • KTravlos says:

        You know what, you have a point, but frankly I am going to be prejudiced and go with the view of the reviewers here and not give Imouto a look. And while on a general level people doing what the reviewers describe the MC doing in the first minutes might very well be widespread or normal in Japan, or even the world, it is most certainly something that to my standards of aesthetics (decency if you will) is too much. If I miss out on a great show, I miss out on great show. C’est la vie :D

        • meow says:

          @SuperWooper Ok. I missed the part about the step-brother being a “step” brother. I get the opposite read about him turning out to be a girl though. I think the point was to present a rather feminine looking family member who might well fit the role of a little sister to outsiders, and yet have the pervy MC be unfazed. Their relationship looks normal to me. Still, this might be some kind of shoehorning. As mentioned, he’s kind of too perfect to be real and is there to make a point, realistic/natural or not.

          @KT Actually, what the MC imagines in the first 1.30 minutes isn’t normal at all. It’s a crazy fantasy delusion put on paper and it will creep people out…if taken seriously. Just…the extent of the reaction here is kinda surprising. XD Kininarimasu. :) But I respect how you feel and this show is probably not going to be anything to write home about. Especially compared to it’s marvelous competition. And generally, I think writers shine the brightest when they write about what they’re passionate about.

        • meow says:

          And…yeah. Just watched episode 2. More up and coming novelist angst mixed with some unreal, highly gratuitous, indefensible fanservice. Stay away if you can’t stomach this stuff. NSFW.

  2. Firechick says:

    Wow. I wish Psgels was here to trash Imouto Sae Areba Ii with you guys. I bet he would have had the exact same reaction. Sure am glad I don’t go anywhere near those crap incest anime!

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AidanAK47
While we are talking about manga, I was looking into getting some manga boxsets and I saw one for pandora hearts. However I started reading it and 15 chapters in I just can't get into it. I hear a lot of praise for it but is it really worth continuing?
AidanAK47
@Amagi, yep. Like Naruto with the nine tailed beasts and Sharingan. At first they were cool and then everyone and their mother had Sharingan or a tailed Beast.
Though If I had a problem with SNK its that I just find the thing to be poorly written overall. It has creative idea's, but the characters and dialogue is really weak in my eyes.
Amagi
You know that SuperSaiyan syndrome. At first it was special and mysterious, but once the second one gets to have the power they tend to pop up everywhere. Same with Claymore and basically almost every shounen ever.
Amagi
I overall like the SNK manga but I have to agree I really have a problem with this shounen trope of some speciality one character has that suddently turn out to be the speciality of many.
Lenlo
It turned from a horror/thriller to a sort of... shounen mystery thing for me. I wasnt a fan once EVERYONE became titans.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I dropped off at that point, picked it up again and read it up to date. Now I am falling out again. True be told I haven't really got into it since the beginning chapters and I am not a fan of the direction it took. If you don't like it now I say future chapters won't really change your mind.
Lenlo
Does Attack on Titan get better? I was reading it up until Season 2 came out and then just fell off the wagon.
KTravlos
oh what a cliffhanger in the Shingeki no Koyjin manga! I am happy where this is going!
Kaiser-Eoghan
I agree that the way the series addresses emotion has some interest to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The later chapters I read had some action in them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Had a read of the children of the wales manga, I am glad to see a shoujo that isn't based on an otome or school life series , additionally I like it on an aesthetic level, I can see it going somewhere but the fast-forward pace makes it hakes it harder to connect with.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Blame! was recently adapted and thats cyberpunk, even if it didn't follow the manga.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Agree. Cyber- and steampunk are two of the few settings I really dig. Especially because I think that there are a lot of potential plots and twists for cyberpunk/VR settings anime haven't used yet. AR is great too, the only series about that is Dennou Coil and it was made ~10 years ago. Maybe the SAO movie but it was just a movie.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here lol. I remember the toilet thingy but not the woman's backstory. That being said, I enjoyed the series as whole, though some parts were too K-ONish for my taste.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The idea of would agorophobia maintain itself and they'd stay inside or would the fear of being raped/tortured/killed and bypass the agorophobia ?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Random tangent, but I would find it fascinating to see a hikkikomori subject to a home invasion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although honestly, I would prefer a cyberpunk wave of anime series to get popular again.
silver
I too am starting to really enjoy the 'adventure anime' genre. The medium of animation is uniquely suited to fantastical worldbuilding.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Was that the one where the girl is desperately trying not to piss herself? Also why can I remember that and not this blonde woman's backstory?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, agreed. It's at its best when it can use the settings to flesh out the characters. The episode after that one, one the other hand, was Sora no woto's dullest episode - where the main girl spends the whole episode waiting for a freaking phone call.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The Blonde woman's backstory in the middle of sora no oto, that was the best episode of it.
SuperMario
@Amagi: for reccomendation, if you don't mind another cute girls in a post-apocalyptic world show, you can try Sora no Woto (Sound of the sky). I love that show to bits
SuperMario
But I'm not entirely sold on the show yet. I feel the relationships are a tad too heavy-handed. The light hearted tones don't work well for me but I really feel a From the New world's vibe from the show
SuperMario
@Amagi: I will talk about Children of the Whales here in the chatbox since we don't cover it. Damnit the cliffhanger. That series really focuses on the theme of repress their own feelings. From the children in the Mud Whales with their custom of not to cry in the funeral or their lacing their hands to express their gratitude. Episode 2 has that monster who basically eats others emotions
Kaiser-Eoghan
And by extension, I would hope that it would encourage adaptations of older fantasy manga aswell.
Amagi
I really hope this type of fantasy will become a new trend instead of the classical world of warcraft type of isekai
Amagi
There is just something really atmospherical about a few characters exploring an unknown world alone that is either almost or entirely devoid of humans or just weird like in Kino's Journey.
Amagi
Shuumatsu Shoujou, Houseki, Kino 2017 and Children of the Whales are shaping up to become my favorites this season. It's funny that they have so much in common, same with Made in Abyss, which also was my favorite of the last season.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, well there were fellows down in cork that decided to go Kite Surfing. They had to send out a boat to rescue the dumb bastards.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I saw that there were some profoundly stupid people ignoring the warnings, some guy even decided to go out swimming despite it.
AidanAK47
I am in some ways both relieved and disappointed.
AidanAK47
Well I got the day off work and the only thing that happened was that it was a bit windy. Wasn't really a big deal to be honest.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Whats the word on your end Aidan with regards to the Hurricane?
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course raging bull, a rare case where I watched a film twice.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I've always, apart from Creed, ignored the Rocky sequels despite enjoying the first one, not really into watching a billion followups to a film. Films about fighters seem to connect with me, I got alot out of warrior, southpaw and Rocky.
KTravlos
I was surprised by how well Ancient Magus Bride was able to sell to me the naturalness of Elia's skull head, and the falseness of his conjured human head. Well done.
Lenlo
I do love a good boxing anime. Both Ashita no Joe and Hajime no Ippo are great, though for different reasons.
Vonter
Simply put, unlike Hajime no Ippo. Ashita no Joe, also was mainly about Joe, living in a poor rural town, struggling to make a living, and boxing came out as something that gave him meaning. Instead of the typical shounen of "becoming the best".
Vonter
I think it's bold when someone announced they want to make something like "the next Rocky". Since that's apparently what I get from this announcement. https://manga.tokyo/news/original-anime-megalo-box-inspired-by-ashita-no-joe-announced-for-spring-2018/
CJayTiii
Just watched Heaven's Feel Part 1 at the movie theater last night. DEAR LORD the animation was flawless. I honestly thought they nailed the calmer scenes a lot better than UBW as well. The wait for part 2 is gonna be brutal...
Amagi
Isekai isn't even bad, it's just that it became the worst case of formularic wish fulfillment masturbation nowadays. I actually wish we would get more proper isekai anime again, especially if it's some scifi or time travel stuff for once
AidanAK47
You know thinking about it, Muv Luv Alternative could be considered a deconstruction of Isekai before Isekai was even a thing. After all it actually has the elements of of Isekai.
AidanAK47
Gonna do up a review of the trilogy. Though first I need to post that Subahibi review I have had sitting in my Google docs. Twas waiting till we got the impressions done with.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I remember checking out Muv Luv and not being too impressed about it. When i cheeked out Alternative years ago I was blown away by how good it was. Usually VNs have moments of downtime where it can get boring no matter how good they are. But Alternative just had you from start to finish.
Amagi
@Aidan: Muv Luv Alt is one of the best VNs I've read. I am happy I always avoided spoilers before. The only thing I knew was that it gets heavy around chapter 6 or 7.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thanks for letting me know before I bothered booking for it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: the plot doesn't make sense. As the story progresses, it gets weirder, the visual goes wilder and the ending doesn't wrap up much. I might need to watch the live-action version
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: See you rated fireworks 3 1/2, what did you think of it?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I suppose, same to you, hopefully you'll be alright.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It was designed by Marta Akermann : https://friendist.deviantart.com/
Anonymous1482176
Can I get where the banner is from?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know there were 18 deaths back in the mid eighties when a storm struck here back then.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Seems that it will be at its worst in the west, that said I'm living in Dublin in the east so I'll probably get away with a power cut for a while. Thankfully I'm not back in work until Thursday and I won't be going anywhere tomorrow.
AidanAK47
Also Careful Kaiser, I hear we got a hurricane heading our way tomorrow.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Can't say I do. I got into anime around the time it was getting put on the internet. And I only started buying anime when I got a job. Now I got a whole bookcase of Blu-rays.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Remember back in the 90s when we didn't have all region dvd players and everything got released on region 1?
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, I checked though. Seems the screenings are strictly US for Heavens Feel. Sort of like how Grand Order isn't released for Europe either. Also took goddamn ages to get the Blu-Rays of UBW too. Aniplex just seems to hate us for some reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Dublin city university has/had an anime club.
Kaiser-Eoghan
These are all one time only things though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Eh....on rare occasions the Eye cinema in Galway and the Lighthouse in Dublin do screenings . Eiretakon has re-formed as J-con in Dublin and they do screenings.
AidanAK47
Playing Muv Luv Alternative and I just made it pass a certain infamous scene. Honestly...I thought seeing as I knew it was coming that it wouldn't hit that hard. But even after all these years...it still gives me chills.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Could be worse. There are no screenings in Ireland so the wait is a hell of a lot longer for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll likely be checking out Lu over the wall in early December.
Amagi
I am really looking forward to that new movie from the Tekkonkinkreet guy and Heaven's Feel but both screenings only happen in February so this will sadly still take a while.
SuperMario
Aah, I just missed the only screening of In the Corner of the World at my local cinema (it comes as part of a film festival, guess I will watch the pirated version then). Thankfully they screened Firework anime so I'm going to watch it. Now
SuperMario
I intend to still give Dies Irea another chance. don't know if it's worth it thou
SuperMario
Maybe those kidscheated half of the way because no one can WALK faster than me :)
Kaiser-Eoghan
The animation continues to be quite poor and its only getting 15 episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I could definitely have seen my German Ex offended by it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I never even cared enough to think that people would be this offended by Dies Irae, it would be like being offended by the Naziploitation elements in hellsing . I find both far too silly to be in anyway offensive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in all seriousness, good that you keep up the exercise. I walk pretty much everywhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Little fiends likely taking performance enhancing drugs, know to poison them next beforehand =P
SuperMario
Still finished in a first half but 35 minutes for 5km is something I wasn't to proud of. Damnit.
SuperMario
Well, just finished a running event. The race was just 5 kilometer so I was aiming to run all the way. Ended up walking 1/3 of the way and lose to some 12 year old kids... I'm getting old, really!
AidanAK47
@Anon, That was a stupid move on their part. Still I prefer to judge a game based on the quality of the product and not outside circumstances.
Anonymous1479322
yooka laylee is okay but i hate it because they removed jontrons voice
KTravlos
new Altair OP is better than old Altair OP. But old ED is better than new. Man I really am sad Altair cannot have the 100_ episodes of LOGH. Because of that they really have to rush the story to make the politics work, but at same time rushing it undermines the story integrity. Which is a pity. I really think if Altair had the LOGH treatment, it would be a stupendous tale of politics.
AidanAK47
I got that with Yooka Laylee which I thought was a decent fun game. However the internet has determined it to be a flaming trash pile of a game. I even have a friend who never played the game but bashes it purely because it's so hated.
KTravlos
While I understand the point, and have indeed watched stuff both psgel and the current writers have not given a high score too, generally speaking our tastes are complimentary. In a world of scarce time and quite a lot of stress over things like work or relationships, I will take the cognitive short-cuts I can for my hobbies, and FOMO be damned! :)
AidanAK47
That may actually be quite the common occurrence as internet opinion tends to veer to extremely positive or extremely negative. Something can't simply be good, it most be amazing. Somehting can't be passable either, it has to be garbage.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I agree with that. In truth you can only really judge something when you have seen it yourself. I will even admit that mine and likely the others reviews of Imouto are a bit of Hyperbole. It's really not the most terrible thing I have ever seen. Actually I would say Dynamic cord was worse.
Anonymous1478520
(i already found some nice things i would have neglected otherwise or deemed worthless based on reviews/seasonal previews etc)
Anonymous1478520
So i concluded that even if those people were writing good reviews and had somewhat compatible tastes with me, were nice and intelligent people overall in the end it did not mattered that much. while others' opinions are helpful, my own taste is the only thing i can really trust. so watching everything it is
Anonymous1478520
I used to chose my shows based on reviews from people i trust, this site included, but then i just started trying out everything and - shocking, i know - suddenly i liked things others did not. or vice versa, which were a possibility even before.
Lenlo
Thats why I only really watch/checked out things that piqued my interest. Was gonna do it anyways, so why not write about i
SuperWooper
Comprehensive sampling does have its benefits, though. Animegataris is a show I wouldn't have touched on my own, but it was quite watchable.
SuperWooper
@Kaiser, I agree that only the better-looking shows need to be previewed, but being a new recruit, I can't exactly influence the long-standing Star Crossed policy of giving everything a shot.
SuperMario
@anon1477190: that moment you mentioned about Kino losing her cool was good, but then they followed up on the obvious exposition about the couple which I felt was heavy-handed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I bring that up mainly because I don't want to see any of the writers getting burned out/demotivated/having their time wasted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Guys it must be incredibly time consuming to watch some of these obviously from the outset bottom of the barrel shows you know will be awful and you'll never cover, I doubt anyone would have complained if you didn't mention Imouto Ireba.
Lenlo
The ending was good, but leading up to it was sort of dull
Lenlo
Agreed on how Kino felt this week. What really got me though was how she held the gun. That bugged me in those pov shots
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I'm not keen to go over old material, I'll just watch the new Kino stories.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I get claustrophobic sometimes, so Haze by Tsukamoto Shinya was fucking un-comfortable =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Ganja and hess, Die Farbe, Texas chainsaw 2, shop of horrors and AM 1200 stood out best.
Anonymous1477190
*I will admit that I enjoyed the ending bit a little more though. Something about Kino throwing that big rock was moving somehow, especially with how stoic she normally is, haha.
Anonymous1477190
I was a bit disappointed by Kino this week. I actually enjoyed the original Colosseum, but more for some of the individual fights rather than the conflict with the main antagonist. So the speed with which they went through them wasn't my favorite thing.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: haha, sounds fun. Any good horror worth reccomending?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Tried doing that horror 30 horror movies in Autumn challenge thing, fun times but bloody exhausting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will finally be getting on to magus bride SOON.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just try not to compare any of his works to yi yi and you'll be fine. Pity we lost him too soon.
SuperMario
I'm meaning to watch Terrorizers for quite a while now. You beat me to it again. So it's that good huh??
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I did end up re-watching terrorizers and finishing it this time, never ever have I bee so wrong to initially under-estimate a director or film, the second half massively improves the film and comes together perfectly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: ...conditions are very hard to get right on screen, it almost ends up being horribly sappy. This is why when I saw Moon-so-ri's performance in Oasis I was so surprised by how excellent she depicted her characters disability, to where if I didn't know better I'd have sworn it was for real.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: and sometimes they take an "artistic liberty" to change the real stories to make it more dramatic. Case in point, I was so moved by A Beautiful Mind until I read it that the main guy doesn't have those issues in real life. Felt deeply manipulated
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Largely due to and not helped by the fact most biopics are over two hours long.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: glad you enjoyed Loving Vincent. I'm a bit worried about its story to be honest since it's a biopic and sometimes biopic can be so dry like a powerpoint presentation about someone's life
SuperMario
WE DEMAND THE 20 MINUTES BACK
Kaiser-Eoghan
Stupid imouto anime....bullying Aidan and Mario.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*their
Kaiser-Eoghan
Why must all artistic/creative be so out of there minds =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I saw Loving Vincent, I knew very little about the man himself before seeing, but this did an alright job of introducing the viewer to who he was, the voice acting/script is slightly stilted but in the end it works as a vehicle to get from one nicely rendered/animated scene to the next and its worth looking at for 90 minutes .
SuperMario
@Puran: that story from Kino was one of my least favorite from 2003 version. This week they changed quite a bit of details, most notably they speed through the gladiator fights. The result... well... average for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
That book seems to have a tv show adaptation.
AidanAK47
I actually have been meaning to read Jonathan Strange an Mr.Norrel.. Might put it next on my reading list.
Puran
(and, I thought the old one handled the story much better...)
Puran
New Kino ep was a remake of a story in the old anime... It's really not helping me in trying to avoid comparing the two series.
SuperWooper
@KTravlos, you like Jonathan Strange? Good taste, my man.
KTravlos
I watched the Ancient Magus Bride OVA after your suggestions. It was very nice. A mix of Howl's Moving Castle and Jonathan Strange an Mr.Norrel. I will definitely follow this series. Thank you.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: lol I go once a week if I can.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I suppose it would be more sand on glass animation: [link src="https://letterboxd.com/director/caroline-leaf/
https://letterboxd.com/film/carmen-habanera/"]
SuperMario
@Travlos: I liked the Dragon Dentist. Loved its art but yeah the story is unfocused and the characters aren't those that I consider deep
SuperMario
@Kaiser: well, yep animation techniques can be really diverse and I did a good deal of research about them. For sand animation, do you refer to the sand performing art? I would love to see that type have a proper animation but there is a debate of whether or not it can be considered as "animation"
SuperMario
@Kaiser: haha you're lucky. Now that when I think about that, despite considered myself a film fan I haven't stepped to the cinema for 6 months now. Shame on me!
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Is it possible to make it so we can alter our profile pages on the site, so as to be able to add a short bio or top ten list of our favourite shows/manga?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excellent loving vincent is showing tomorrow at my local cinema.
Kaiser-Eoghan
When you think about it, I love how varied animation can actually be....I've even come across salt and sand animation.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nuuuu I missed my chance to see body and soul. I am very much looking forward to Kim-ki-duks new film.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: to be more exact, Petrov uses painting on glass. Loving Vincent will be painting on paper. But yeah, no real difference there
SuperMario
My god. Typo here.Russia is very *quick*. Yep, I'm looking forward for Loveless, despite its grim premise
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Aleksandr Petrov uses similar animation techniques.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: In the end of this month I will get around to watch On Body and Soul (which have great hype no matter where I read) and an infamous Chinese adult animation Have a Nice Day
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I swear Russia is really weak when it comes to their movies availabled in the high sea. Yep, if you can, watch Loving Vincent. At least the painting animation is a can't miss
SuperMario
@Vonter: i am looking for the Junti Itou's adaptations as well. But I think it most likely will be inconsistent. Just hope they manage to get the creepy feeling right
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Itou has also worked on a non-horror manga called Yuukoku no Rasputin.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, The thing that needs to be perfected is getting Junti Itou's artstyle animated. The thing that truly makes his works shine is the art. Still it would be nice to see an animated version of The Enigma of Amigara Fault.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: been delving further into Edward Yang, next is the terrorizers, Taipei story is a bit difficult to get into at first and it does feel like a trial run but it come into itself much better by its second half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: There is a Russian torrent of The Loveless (2017) floating around, we may see this sooner than expected if it gets subbed. Also remind me, was it you that recommended me to see the animated film Loving Vincent?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: I really hope they properly animate them as 20 minute episodes and not as 8-10 minute shorts with picture show animation.
Vonter
There's gonna be an anime of Junji Itou's short stories. Hopefully since there's gonna be several instead of one story, one or two of those are done well. The CGI really took from the atmosphere in Gyo, maybe stories with less scope can be crafted with more care. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/09-1/teaser-site-for-tv-anime-junji-ito-collection-opens-for-winter-2018-premiere
KTravlos
I saw the Dragon Dentist. Interesting but weird. I felt like there were two shows in there. A great magic show and a great war shows, but forcing them together denied each its full potential.
Anonymous1473154
KT here. Since Aidan is not the state, accusations of violating freedom of speech are meaningless. You have no right to his time or tolerance. You are giving too many chances Aidan IMHO. Ban and be done with it.
AidanAK47
@Anon(FakePsgels), the only reason you can post again is because I only gave you a day ban. But believe me, I can make it much longer. Three strikes, try impersonating Psgels again and you will get a week ban. Strike three is a permanent ban. So just try it. Test me.
Lordish_Kvadratish
Somehow the site is good again :D. I had been visiting daily when Psgels was writing, and when he left I felt disappointed and stopped. And now I like it again for some reason. Good place on the internet. Thank You.
SuperMario
It's not like we need this site to survive mate, so get off his case
Anonymous1471881
Aidan-kun....stop whining. You should be grateful you even get to use this site at all. Threatening to ban someone just because your mad is pure fascism.
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